Buhari’s title: More knocks for president’s spokesman, supporters

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Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, and supporters of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), again came under fire on Friday over their reactions to PUNCH’s front page comment titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand.”

In the front page comment published on Wednesday, PUNCH assessed the retired General and stated that Buhari, who ruled the country as a military Head of State from 1983 to 1985, had failed to “wean himself off his military antecedents.”

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The newspaper said as a symbolic demonstration of its protest against autocracy and military-style repression, all its titles would henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until agencies of government purge themselves of “their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, disagreed with the newspaper, saying a newspaper does not have the power to change the title of the President.

But some groups and individuals on Friday carpeted Shehu for his comment.

The spokesman for the pan-Yoruba cultural association, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents expressed disappointment over Shehu’s reaction.

“It is a shame that Garba Shehu, a former president of the Guild of Editors, could behave like Uche Chukwumerije and the rest of them under late Sani Abacha regime, which General Buhari was a part of,” he said.

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